SpaceX Pulled Off the Nearly Impossible Falcon 9 Landing [VIDEO]

February 26, 2016 – 04:04 am

Spacex-falcon9When SpaceX launched its Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station on April 18, it tried something revolutionary after the spacecraft was safely in orbit.

Behind the scenes, CEO Elon Musk and his team had been testing the reusability of this rocket. On that Friday, the team returned part of it to Earth for the first time in history. Once Dragon was in space, the first stage separated and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled rocket slowed, it extended four 25-foot-long landing legs and used its thrusters to briefly hover over the Atlantic Ocean before plopping down ever so gently onto its surface.

Musk and his team pulled it off — a huge feat considering that the chance of success was only around 30% to 40%. The SpaceX team recovered the raw video from the camera that was on board Falcon 9, and software engineers have spent the last week trying to repair the footage, which was taken just before splashdown.

The first video is the raw footage:

Here's what they got with the repaired video (note the brief flash of the landing legs):

"If we bring back the boost stage, I think it's the most significant thing SpaceX has done, for sure, " Musk said.

The team was able to bring back the first stage. The rocket was clearly vertical — an important detail in testing reusable rockets — and the soft landing was successful. However, the weather wasn't cooperative that day and the stage was destroyed by rough waves. Fortunately, Musk said his team was able to recover bits of the rocket.


Source: mashable.com

You might also like:

SpaceX releases video of explosion during ocean landing
SpaceX releases video of explosion during ocean landing ...
Video Captures SpaceX Rocket Landing End in Fiery Explosion
Video Captures SpaceX Rocket Landing End in Fiery Explosion
SpaceX Dragon C2/3 - Splashdown Landing - May 31, 2012
SpaceX Dragon C2/3 - Splashdown Landing - May 31, 2012
NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services: A New Era in Spaceflight - History of International Space Station (ISS) Cargo and Crew, SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Bigelow
eBooks (Progressive Management)

Related posts:

  1. SpaceX Dragon Launch Live Video
  2. SpaceX Dragon Live Video
  3. SpaceX Dragon Landing site